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British Taxpayers Paying for India's Rockets

India has approved a £1.7 billion (£1.1 billion) plan to launch its first astronauts into space by 2015.

The currency confusion is The Times - I presume it is meant to be dollars and then pounds. A billion squids is still a lot of money, even in these profligate days, but it is just about the amount Britain gives to India every year as aid.....why?


Not just Government-level aid either. The begging bowl is also held out to us as private individuals. This Bhopal appeal has been repeated on a couple of occasions since.

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